Written by Joseph Kiesecker | March 21st, 2011
Nature Conservancy lead scientist Joe Kiesecker takes a hard look at what it really means to produce green energy.
Written by Rob McDonald | November 5th, 2009
As the “energy sprawl” idea has been discussed and debated in the media, I (one of the paper’s co-authors) have grown a thick skin against criticism. Perhaps the harshest piece of invective, however, still bothers me: the criticism by Matt Wasson in the Huffington Post. The factual criticisms Matt makes aren’t that troublesome to me, […]
Written by Bob Lalasz | November 2nd, 2009
Orangutan-friendly palm oil sales are on the rise! Yah! Vandals are throwing the community bicycles of Paris into the Seine! Boo! Beware emotional whiplash in this roller-coaster edition of Cool Green Morning — just slip the buckle into the clasp and pull tight across your waist… Can long-range climate forecasting get good enough to help […]
Written by Rob McDonald | August 26th, 2009
During a dinner several months ago, the former U.S. ambassador C. Boyden Gray pointed a gaunt finger at me and said: “You environmentalists dislike ethanol, therefore you must want people to die.” While rhetorically grand, the accusation made little sense in the content of our dinner discussion about the potential land-use impacts of large-scale ethanol […]
Written by Darci Palmquist | August 26th, 2009
Renewable energy is poised to be the wave of the future, but what impact will it have on landscapes and wildlife? In the United States, at least 67 million acres will be developed for new energy projects by 2030. While these projects — including wind, solar and biofuels — will help reduce carbon emissions and […]
Written by Dave Connell | July 14th, 2009
With Sarah Palin penning an incendiary op-ed in The Washington Post today on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) this morning and the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works holding hearings on the bill, there’s plenty of tweet action on ACES today. Here are five things I learned about ACES in […]
Written by Rob McDonald | April 24th, 2009
Chrissy Schwinn’s recent post called me to task for not talking enough in my first post about the role of personal energy conservation in reducing the amount of land impacted by new energy development. There is a tradeoff: Renewable energy generation, so crucial to meeting the goal of preventing catastrophic climate changes, takes more space […]
Written by Rob McDonald | April 16th, 2009
The fact that renewable energy takes more space than conventional energy isn’t an environmental paradox, just a trade-off society must face.